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Mary Helena Savage (1869–1932)

by Chris Cunneen

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Savage, Mary Helena (1869-1932) Labor activist

Birth: 1869 in Melbourne, daughter of Timothy McCarthy and Ellen, née Nunan. Marriage: 1891 in Victoria to William Henry Savage, seaman and Irish immigrant. They had seven daughters and five sons. Death: 31 July 1932 at her residence St Ita, Curtis Road, Balmain North, Sydney, NSW. Religion: Catholic.

  • Moved to Balmain about 1896. A ‘brave and brainy’ labour advocate in the early days of the movement. Prominent in local charities in Balmain.
  • Devoted Catholic, member of the Sacred Heart Society.
  • Suffered 12 years of ill health.

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Chris Cunneen, 'Savage, Mary Helena (1869–1932)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 23 May 2024.

© Copyright People Australia, 2012

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  • McCarthy, Mary Helena

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


31 July, 1932 (aged ~ 63)
Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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